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Day 19 – WLRC Final Day

As we start the final day of the World Individuals, the GB team have 6 shooters in the top 10, and 9 in the top 20. The top 3 places overnight were Glyn Barnett on 520.61v, Jon Underwood on 518.58v and David Luckman on 517.55v…

Barnett 2nd, Underwood 3rd in WLRC

Ashley Bidgood, of Australia, produced a fine display under the heat and pressure of the Top 10 shootout to win the WLRC by 6 v-bulls over Glyn Barnett. Jon Underwood achieved top gun score in the final with a nearly flawless score of 75.7, and finished 3rd, a further point adrift. Overall GBRT occupied positions 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th of the top 10.

Day 18 – WLRC Day 3

Today again saw 2+15 at 700, 800 and 900m. The start to the day was more frantic for some than others, when they realised that they hadn’t necessarily brought all their kit to the range, they shall remain nameless, however Chris Mitchell found himself worthy of a name check for laughing about the missing kit whilst simultaneously realising he’d left his shoes behind, a whole day in flip flops on a rough range beckoned…

Featured Team Members

Derek Lowe
England
Cap #:
774
Big 5 Caps:
16

Derek began fullbore shooting in the cadet force at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford, moving on to the Athelings in 1991, Oxford University and the Surrey county team through the 1990s. He has been fortunate enough to represent England or Great Britain in various guises in Australia, Canada, Jersey, Kenya, Namibia, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

This tour will be Derek’s sixth to South Africa, and fourth as Adjutant. Keenest at long range and in a team environment, he also spends a lot of time in Match Rifle. Aside from coaching and shooting (usually in that order), Derek sits on various committees in order to delay the inevitable moments when he has to leave Bisley. He is an experienced charity trustee both in shooting circles and at the church he attends in central London, and works in corporate management for a shuttle tanker fleet.

James Watson
England
Cap #:
795
Big 5 Caps:
30

Now on his fifth Palma (and 14th GB) team tour, this will be James’s eleventh visit to the General De Wet ranges. James earned his Big 5 badge in 2011 and captained Great Britain in the 2021 Kolapore Match. Individually, his most recent notable success was winning the Gold medal in the 800 yards aggregate at the 2019 World Championships.

James started shooting under the pupillage of Simon Pattinson at Uppingham School, before graduating to shoot at county (Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland) and country level when the late Andrew Tucker selected him for his first of five England tours in 1995. His first GB cap came in 2001 and he has now amassed over 30 appearances for Great Britain.

James works for Amazon in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) business (cloud computing). At home, he is married to Ellen with two children Eddie and Zoë who keep him on his toes.

Under 25s

George Bramwell
England
Cap #:
n/a
Big 5 Caps:
n/a

George started shooting at the age of 14 as a pupil of Shrewsbury School, under the expert coaching of Tom Rylands. He began shooting smallbore before making the transition to fullbore, shooting the Ashburton four times, and is a proud member of the Lancashire county team. His favourite moment during his shooting career was winning the Imperial 150 team match.

Living in the Lake District, George does a fair bit of climbing, cycling and generally enjoys being outside. He is currently studying Sports and Exercise Science at Oxford Brookes University. He also competes in other variations of shooting sports most notably competing in Winter Biathlon which incorporates cross-country skiing and shooting in both prone and standing positions.

George is very much looking forward to going to the World Championships in South Africa.

Under 21s

Oscar Farrell
Wales
Cap #:
n/a
Big 5 Caps:
6

Oscar began shooting at Wellington College at the age of 13, under the tuition of Nigel Ball. He toured Jersey as a cadet in 2018, returning in 2022 as a member of the undefeated NRA team. In 2019, he toured Canada with the Athelings and secured his first National cap for Wales, continuing to shoot in the National Match every year since. In 2021, Oscar was awarded his first Mackinnon cap for Wales.

Oscar is now a regular member of the Yorkshire county team. This is helping to fuel his commitment to continually develop his shooting skills and he looks forward to the challenge that South Africa will bring.

Oscar is also a Sound Engineer and Musician, and has taken a year out of studying for his degree in York to complete a prestigious placement with an award-winning record label, recording some of the finest orchestras and musicians across London and the UK.

Veterans

David Richards
GM SC
England
Cap #:
652
Big 5 Caps:
34

David is no stranger to the General De Wet ranges in South Africa, having toured there on three previous occasions, including in the Palma year of 1999. He is also familiar with the Veterans having been a member of the team to the last World Championships in New Zealand in 2019. David has toured many times with GB and England and has been lucky enough to have had some success over the years, including shooting and coaching in many GB teams at home, and abroad and winning the H.M. Queen’s Prize when he was MUCH younger…in 1984.

Apart from Target Rifle, David also shoots smallbore and stalks deer. He has run a charcuterie business for several years and is married to Karen who is back home looking after the dogs.

Reg Roberts
England
Cap #:
707
Big 5 Caps:
24

Reg is a semi-retired Fellow Chartered Accountant who develops land and property projects in the UK and Canada. He’s an Aussie by birth, arrived in the UK in February 1983 and the country has suffered ever since!

He started shooting in 1971 with The Kings School, Parramatta. Reg has toured overseas with 11 GB teams including seven to Canada, one to Australia in 2005 as Captain, and was a target coach for the GB Palma winning teams in 2007 and 2015. His personal worldwide achievements include 19 H.M. Queen’s Final badges and six Bisley Grand Aggregate crosses. Reg was inducted into the “The Big 5” after captaining the GB Kolapore team in 2016 to an ICFRA target, record score of 1196 ex 1200.

He is married to Jennifer and has four children, two of which, Nick and Tim, are already avid fullbore shots.

Tour Information

Captain’s Foreword

My family has a long tradition of fullbore rifle shooting with substantial links to South Africa. My Grandfather Major Tom Anstey, captained the 1953 GB Team to South Africa whilst my father, Major David Scott-Langley, was Adjutant to the 1963 GB Team. In 1993 I made my first trip to South Africa as a member of that year’s Great Britain Rifle Team…

Itinerary

GBRT Palma 2024 tour itinerary and shooting programme.

Tour Brochure

We are pleased to announce that the South Africa 2024 Tour Brochure is now available online…

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